Swiss vs England (5- 6 pen): Pickford shines as Three Lions finish 3rd

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Switzerland – England (5-6 on pen): Pickford shines as Three Lions finish 3rd.

Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford has helped his England side finished third in the inaugural Nations League after stopping a shot from Josip Drmic in sudden death penalties and scoring the fifth spot-kick.

Josip Drmic saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford as England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to claim third place in the Nations League after 120 minutes goalless draw in Guimaraes.

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England were twice denied in the first 90 minutes by goalkeeper Yann Sommer making fingertip saves to push the ball onto the woodwork, while Callum Wilson had a late strike ruled out following a VAR check.

Sommer again came to Switzerland’s rescue during the 30 additional minutes but despite a steady stream of excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses England could not find the breakthrough.

Gareth Southgate’s side broke their penalty malaise at last year’s World Cup and, after 11 converted kicks, including one from Pickford, the Everton keeper dived to his right to keep out Drmic’s poor effort and finally settle the prolonged play-off clash.

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Hosts Portugal will take on the Netherlands in the final at 19:45 BST (7:45 PM Nigerian time) on Sunday.

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